Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of California. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.

CNA Certification Requirements in California

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a California state approved certification needs to be obtained.  Before you become a CNA you must successfully pass the state’s competency evaluation test, which is administered Pearson VUE, to earn CNA Certification in California. Employers also must check the registry before employing CNAs to work with patients in a healthcare setting. California requires CNAs, who work in Medicare-funded facilities, to obtain state certification or enroll in a nurse aide training program within four months of being hire.

Become a CNA in California

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a California certified CNA:

1.Enroll in a state certified school.

2.Complete the training. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses).

3. Register to take the state CNA exam.

4. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of California, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. Most California CNA training providers require students to possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and they must be at least 16 years old. CNA also must be able to pass a criminal background check and have up to date immunization records. Nurse Aide Training in California costs between $450 and $1,900. The pre-certification training requires a minimum of 160 hours of training.

Here are a few local CNA Classes  in California

CNA Classes in Palo Alto

Bay Area College of Nursing, Inc.: (605) 858-6810

CNA Classes in San Diego

California Medical College: (858) 357-8800

CNA Classes in Los Angeles

Angeles College: (213) 487-2211

CNA Classes in Burbank

Burbank Adult School: (818) 558-4611

Search All California State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in California (free CNA training available)

California CNA Testing

There are several regional test centers across the state where you can register to take the test. The examination comprises of a written exam and a skills evaluation – both components are administered on the same day. You must apply for and pass both exams within 2 years of completing your formal training in order to qualify for listing on the California Nurse Aide Registry. The written component of the exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions. The oral exam comprises of 60 multiple choice questions and 10 multiple choice reading. For the skills examination, the nurse aide evaluator will ask you to perform five skills selected at random. You’ll have 25 minutes to complete all five tasks.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written and Skills Evaluation – $90

  • Oral and Skills Evaluation – $105

  • Written Exam re-tests – $35

  • Oral Exam re-tests – $50

  • Skills Evaluation re-tests – $55

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